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Clark County

January 9, 2013

Jeffersonville officials skeptical of 'dangerous' city ranking

JEFFERSONVILLE — Rankings from a study recently released by NeighborhoodScout has Jeffersonville named as the 88th most dangerous city in America.

But Jeffersonville officials say they aren’t putting too much stock in the study’s rankings. Instead, they cite what they see as shortcomings with the data used to establish the ranking, and also point out that the data used to compile the rankings is not the most recent data available. In fact, officials say the most up-to-date data indicates what they see as a significant improvement in safety and policing issues throughout the city during the last year.

THE STUDY

NeighborhoodScout, and its parent company Location, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based geographic research and data mining company that uses location-based analysis to track demographics, school data and data and risk analysis information.

The criteria used for the ranking took cities with 25,000 or more people and based the ranking on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. For the study’s purposes, violent crimes were defined as murder, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault. 

The report describes Jeffersonville as having, “one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes — from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 16,” the report said. “Within Indiana, more than 95 percent of the communities have a lower crime rate than Jeffersonville.”

“Jeffersonville has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size,” according to the report. “Regardless of whether Jeffersonville does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the U.S. of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Jeffersonville.”

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